There is no victory without a battle

I can be quite an impatient person, I am like a child who is waiting for their birthday to arrive constantly asking my mother how many sleeps to go and talking all the time about all the presents I want to get and what flavour of cake I would like to eat and who I want to come to my birthday party. Everything else becomes so unimportant as all my focus and attention is placed on the up and coming birthday, how can I possibly do anything else but talk and dream about my impeding special event.

But I am learning that I can no longer stay that impatient little girl. I have big dreams and lofty goals that lay ahead of me but I am learning fast that I need to be present in the here and now and to lean in to the waiting process because by looking in to the future too much I am missing out on what is happening right here and now.

Does this feel familiar to you? Are you always trying to run ahead and are just waiting for time, circumstances and everybody else to catch up with you? Well there is no victory without a battle, no testimony without a test, and no miracle without an impossible circumstance (Kris Vallotton)

Here is my advice about what to do while you are waiting for your victory and facing your impossible circumstances…

Be present in the here and now. Don’t get ahead of yourself. It is so easy to want to jump ahead and know everything that is going to happen in your life. To want to know when all the words that have been spoken over your life are going to happen, when your dreams are going to come true, when the hard times are going to come to an end, but it is so important to remember that you need to stay present in your season and learn the lesson of being obedient and trusting in God without knowing all of the tiny details. Let go of the need to control and understand everything, just let go and let God be God in your life.

Lean into the process. The lead up to a dream being birthed or breakthrough coming is the most important part. It is not the dream coming true but the process of you getting there that is the most important thing. God is working on our hearts, stripping away things that need to come off of us or building us up, filling us with the things that we will need to sustain us in the wondrous thing that is coming for us.

The process is sometimes not the most fun thing to go through but I promise you that it is totally worth it. When God is calling us in to new things, having an unhealthy heart can get in the way of you fully walking in your destiny. It could be fear, anxiety, control issues, perfectionism, fear of man or offence. We all have things to work through and it’s important that you lean in to the process that God is taking you on in this season.

There are things that you need to learn now that you will need to know in the next season. Learn to trust God even when you don’t know the why behind things. If He takes you through a pruning process then let Him, He is a good Father and only wants good things for us so let Him take you on that journey, it may hurt at first but there is so much more freedom awaiting you on the other side of the pruning process.

It is in the waiting that the joyful anticipation of our dreams being birthed deepens. But the moment we get tired in the waiting, Gods spirit is right along side of us, helping us along in our journey. We need to stay connected with Him, having a present leading as we are going along our way. God will gloriously complete in you what He has begun, partner with Him in the process and keep going.

So what is God telling you to do in this season that you find yourself in?

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One thought on “There is no victory without a battle

  1. Ow dear Marieka…..that was packed with “solid truth”…..
    My eldest daughter (a Christian) and her husband (also a Christian) have cut me out of their lives…..
    They will not tell me why but I’ve heard via family it’s because I returned to my husband after 5 years and 2 months apart. (physically abusive)

    I obeyed the Holy Spirit telling me to give him another chance…..(with boundaries laid down)…after doing a Bible study on Jonah by Pricilla Shearer….excellent!

    I know it was not my will….but His ❤️ …..the study told me over and over again of our God of 2nd….3rd etc chances!
    Since I returned to my husband (not her biological dad) she has made no contact with me….in 2 and a half years.
    Although I do continue to send cards and gifts…..and leave phone messages….all telling them of my love for them!…….there remains the “silence” and “cut off”……. (like you mentioned the excitement of a birthday coming up) it’s silly things like “Mother’s Day” just 2 days ago….my hope was to get a phone call/message…..I hoped…..but His perfect timing still has to come!
    I wait on the Lord……and will continue to send cards of love….leave phone messages of love 💕
    AGAIN………thanks so much dear Marieka for your post……it’s amazing how a few words can ease the pain and emotions one carries ! MY HOPE IS IN THE LORD 🙏❣️🙏

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